I would love for everyone to stop over at the blog HatingMartha where I am doing a guest post today on my project below. If you haven't already met Janel you will love her wit - she's a hoot, and no she doesn't really hate Martha. Snoop around on her site, she has great ideas you can copy.... err I mean that she's willing to "share".
I scouted around the house for an item to transform. Last summer I collected any size and shape wood container with the intention of painting or crafting. There in my kitchen window was the subject just waiting to be transformed. Sitting empty hoping to be discovered.
I'm the type person who likes true crime. I need to know who dun it?, so I read both sides and make up my own mind. Now it's the same with paint. When I found out there was another paint out there besides Annie Sloan's I thought hummm, I better try it. It's a bit cheaper and they had a great brown color that caught my eye. The name Hershey Brown might of also caught my taste buds. The paint is CeCe Caldwell. It arrived in the middle of my Valentine's Day stomach flu, so in celebration as I painted, I munched on saltine crackers and not chocolate. I'm also going to try my hand at making my own paint eventually too.
I grabbed this old sign from my junk bin that I've had for 30 years - thinking I'm gonna attach it to the side of the slats.
|Dry Brushed Old White|
I dry brushed on some Annie Sloan Old White, sanded, applied clear wax, applied dark wax, buffed it up, or something like that, I don't really remember the order I did that stuff, but I do remember not really knowing what I was doing. I like how it turned out with the rustic worn look.
I would use the Caldwell paint again. I don't know that I liked it any better or less than Annie Sloan's chalk paint, but it was every bit as good. The cost savings isn't that substantial, so in the future I will probably pick the brand by the color. I hope it wasn't some sort of sin to use Annies wax over CeCe's paint.
Below is an armoire in our bedroom. It's been with us for 23 years. It is an Amish piece and the maker dated it with his initials, which makes it a piece of furniture that I would not paint. It was made in August of 1988, the month and year my 3rd child was born, so I guess this piece will be his someday. It's a catch all for anything I can set on it as I pass by.
|Complete with mess|
|Dated by the Amish creator.|
|First but not final arrangement|
I cleaned off the top (just made piles on the floor and considered putting it back up after the photo) and took the flowers outside and beat them on the side of the house to dust them. The bin was fine, but wasn't quite right. So I went down to the depths of Hades-the under stairs storage room-to retrieve a couple suitcases. How cool is that airplane, I love it.
|Why did I have these cool suitcases under my stairs? Don't I know it's fashionable to display them?|
I have some more suitcases out in the shed that were my parents. Before I ever thought about painting them or using them, I set some other ones (avocado green) out at the end of the driveway for someone to take. And they did. Was it YOU??
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